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The words of my Father

June 17, 2011


It’s nearly Father’s Day, and I acknowledge the ache of missing him. I acknowledge the gratitude I have for my memories: the sound of his laugh popping into my mind at unexpected moments. The words and phrases that entertained, infuriated, taught and shaped me into this ever-changing lump of clay that will always be his daughter.

When I was a server:
If you put on some rouge, you’d make better tips.

While driving:
Get around this guy! He’s loafing in the left lane.

On the golf course:
Keep your head down. Don’t try to kill it.

On any professional athlete who showed poor sportsmanship:
He’s a bum.

When I playfully squeezed his bicep:
Be careful. You’ll hurt your hand.

Teaching me to drive a stick shift:
Again. Try it again.

At the end of any long list of questions:
Want a punch in the eye?

When pushed to the limit of his patience:
Gee Zuss Christ!

On any ex/bad boss/person:
(S)He’s a bum. (recurring theme)

You better [whatever I was supposed to be doing] or I’m gonna land all over you!

After my haircut:
Your face is hanging out.

Dad: on the far right

Happy Father’s Day, Dad and all the dads still giving advice and tossing out one-liners.



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  1. June 17, 2011

    I laughed out loud, I teared up, I giggled while reading some of these – what a range of emotions!

    BEAUTIFUL post. You’re lucky to have such incredible memories and a way to communicate them to the world. He lives on through your words — and we’re all better off for it.

    Thank you!


    • June 17, 2011

      Thanks so much. I appreciate it. Happy Father’s Day!

    • June 18, 2011

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  2. June 17, 2011

    Love the one-liners! Beautiful way to recognize your dad, by recognizing what he has said to you over the years! 🙂

  3. bettyjanehegerat #
    June 17, 2011

    Beautiful! These “dadisms” touch my heart. Thank you, Jenny!

  4. June 17, 2011

    What a great father. congrats.

  5. June 17, 2011

    And a handsome man he was! I loved the line “Be careful, you’ll hurt your hand.” Made me think of my husband. Great post!

  6. June 17, 2011

    …I’m gonna land all over you. That one is great. I have two little ones of my own and I think I might adopt that one as they get older. Would you mind? Haha. Great post!

  7. June 17, 2011

    Only dads can come up with comments like these!

    Thank you for sharing!

  8. June 17, 2011

    You want a punch in the eye?! HAHA!! Dads are awesome, thank you for sharing a little bit of yours with all of us. Sounds like he may be missing you as much as you’re missing him this Father’s Day.

  9. June 17, 2011

    Happy fathers day

  10. June 17, 2011

    Bet he would be overjoyed to know that others can get a glimpse of his personality and respect him for both it and raising a wonderful child.

  11. Snoring Dog Studio #
    June 17, 2011

    Amazing, wonderful, and a bit heartbreaking. What a beautiful tribute to your dad. I really like him. He was a very wise fellow.

  12. June 17, 2011

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  13. June 17, 2011

    I’ll know I was alright if my future generation would remember me for such little, yet beautiful things. 🙂

  14. June 17, 2011

    I love old photos.

  15. Eva McCane #
    June 17, 2011

    love dads 🙂 those are great pictures

  16. June 17, 2011

    Makes me think of, and miss, my dad. Dad’s can have the best advice most often with little being said and lots from the heart. : )

  17. Mr. Green #
    June 17, 2011

    I think I am going to use the one about the bicep with my own children. Funny.

  18. June 17, 2011

    what a way to tell the words. I wish best of luck to you

  19. June 17, 2011

    pretty cute

  20. June 17, 2011

    mm like it ❤

  21. June 17, 2011

    This is beautiful. He’s always going to be in your heart. ❤

  22. June 17, 2011

    like father , like son !

    I appreciate !

  23. June 17, 2011

    Awwww, how sweet! Gotta love Dads!!!

  24. June 17, 2011

    Thanks for the laugh, ya bum!:)

  25. June 17, 2011

    This made me miss my dad!

  26. June 17, 2011

    I miss my dad too and loved this post 🙂

  27. June 17, 2011

    Love this:))

  28. June 17, 2011

    Every Dad has his sayings…Thanks for sharing his!

  29. Allenavw #
    June 17, 2011

    Now you’re got me thinking about all the things my Dad says all the time. Thanks for this! 🙂

  30. June 17, 2011

    You made my inner me soo emotional, i will love my dad forever and ever.

  31. June 17, 2011

    Aw. This is great!

  32. Rae #
    June 17, 2011

    This is nice!:) Happy Father’s Day to all the Fathers in the world!:)

  33. June 17, 2011

    Dads are awesome 🙂

  34. eva626 #
    June 17, 2011

    very nice!!! lol what a great father’s day post!

  35. chelsealaina #
    June 17, 2011

    So sweet! I love the “Your face is hanging out” line. Sounds like something my dad would say. (:

  36. hissimplelook #
    June 17, 2011

    Funny. Thoughtful. Meaningful.

  37. hammadabbasi420 #
    June 17, 2011

    hahahaha great man

  38. June 17, 2011

    Nice post. I found a very interesting site of a guy dedicated to his father. It’s really touching. Check it out if you want:

  39. June 17, 2011

    Dads are very important, our society does not give them much credit. Many do not see eye to eye but we all regret not saying,”I love you Dad” nearly enough.

  40. June 17, 2011

    It’s that time of year again, and I have just been reflecting on my own Dad, and miss him, too.
    Thanks for sharing your memories and congratulations on being freshly pressed.

  41. Dinda #
    June 18, 2011

    i like that classic picture..god bless your dad..enjoy visit my page okay..

  42. June 18, 2011

    I love the first shot and your dad’s socks. That must a fashion statement for men of that age group. I’m remembering my grandfather and his shorts with his black socks. I love it. I can’t stop smiling. Thanks for the uplift,

  43. June 18, 2011

    Great post and terrific one-liners from your dad.
    Happy Fathers Day to you. Thank you for sharing!
    Made my day!

  44. June 18, 2011

    Love this! My father’s sense of humor was so the same. He didn’t like seeing his three daughter’s ‘ears stick out’ (no hair pushed behind the ear) or our toes (no sandals), etc. My daughter’s now 24 years old, but when she was two, he used to call her ‘meatball,’ and do the ‘Indian rope burn’ on her arm until I admonished him. Congrats on FP!

  45. BringFreedom #
    June 18, 2011

    Where there sayings are only few

  46. June 18, 2011

    Great “Fatherisms” I posted mine too few moments ago.

  47. June 18, 2011

    A wonderful rememberance>..thanks for sharing.

  48. June 18, 2011

    Wonderful post. My favorite line is “your face is hanging out.”

  49. June 18, 2011

    Great post! Happy Father’s Day!!

  50. ACW #
    June 18, 2011

    Wonderful memories – thanks for sharing! 🙂

  51. June 18, 2011

    This struck me, my stepfather passed away a couple of weeks ago in a car accident. Wherever he is, I’d like to say I love him, and I miss him so much. Sometimes what you love the most is taken away from you when you least expect it.

    • June 19, 2011

      I’m so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you.

  52. June 18, 2011

    You were one of the lucky ones….keep your memories of your wonderful father close and you’ll always have him with you.

  53. Sassy Singleton #
    June 18, 2011

    Beautiful, beautiful blog. What a wonderful tribute to your father.

  54. June 18, 2011

    This is so sweet..:)

  55. June 18, 2011

    i know exactly how you feel, i’m in the same position as you are, and it hurts a lot, but can we do, thats life and we need to let go and move no matter how hard it may seem, but i love the article and the way you wrote it is simply amazing and it touched my heart 🙂

  56. June 18, 2011

    Wow !!!! It’s beautiful….. HAPPY FATHER’S DAY 🙂

  57. June 18, 2011

    Thank you for sharing your father. My favorite is “your face is hanging out.” Lord help me, I’ll probably use it. 🙂

  58. June 18, 2011

    Such a lovely post 😀 I just posted my ‘top five Disney dads’ on my blog Please check it out and support thanks 🙂

  59. June 18, 2011

    Did you know that whip is also a term used in the legislature when they are passing bills for a person who goes around giving out information?

  60. June 18, 2011

    Nice post jenny. I enjoyed the quotes.

  61. June 18, 2011

    Sadly, I’ve yet to have this kind of relationship with either my dad or my step-dad, but LUCKILY I had an AMAZING Grandfather. This will be my 2nd Father’s Day without him, but his words, his wisdom and the way he toughened me up for this sometimes ridiculous world stay with me EVERY DAY! Thanks for sharing!

  62. June 18, 2011

    Love the black socks!! I drive my kids crazy sometimes by coming out wearing shorts with black socks on just to see them roll their eyes!! Those are some great memories of times that made a great impact on you. Thanks for sharing them.

  63. June 18, 2011

    Our father will always be the Greatest man we ever have! ;p

  64. frommyheart2urs #
    June 18, 2011

    Wow, this was beautiful!

  65. June 19, 2011

    Loved each one of them. Thanks for sharing!

  66. June 19, 2011

    I LIKE THIS………

  67. June 19, 2011

    Funny! Such a great way to remember all the “great” tips your daddy dear gave you. Dads can be pretty crazy sometimes!

  68. June 19, 2011

    It is rightly said father is a banker provided by god. Though our father. Did not had too much bank balance but he was a father who was ready to even sell the last brick of his house for our studies . He was a ideal man . Like every father he wanted to see his children highly qualified . But almighty did not gave him enough time . He left us alone to fight.With high tidesof life .we all miss u papa ji very much. Ur unlucky children meera Bitu (veer) Namarta( ur Mano) the picture of our life would have been different if u wud have been wid us……

  69. June 19, 2011

    Really nice. I can call yourself lucky.

  70. June 19, 2011

    A lovely tribute to your father. Glad it made it to Freshly Pressed. Congrats and Happy Father’s Day, it’s a very special day for me.

  71. June 19, 2011

    I like him! Thanks for sharing.

  72. June 19, 2011

    I love it!!! I laughed and my face was hanging out 🙂

  73. Jon #
    June 19, 2011

    Beautiful post.

  74. June 19, 2011

    This brings back memories of when my dad used to teach me new words by playing with my toys. He didn’t even seem to be trying! There were (and are) days when I thought he knew everything.

    My favorite old-time saying (courtesy of my grandma) is “Well, It’s got to be around here somewhere. It didn’t just grow legs and walk off”.

  75. June 19, 2011

    Yup, that’s a dad alright. Fatherly wisdom (threats) is sometimes tough, but always imparted with the best of intentions and love. Thanks for sharing.

  76. June 19, 2011

    Terrific tribute to your father and it made me think of mine who has been gone for a several years now. Thanks and congratulations on being freshly pressed!

  77. Raj #
    June 19, 2011

    Love that post Jenny long with the vintage pics. Please check out my post to honor my dad. It includes some great pics with him.

  78. bargaintravelandmyphotos #
    June 19, 2011

    Very beautiful post. I lost my father nearly 14 yrs ago now, but I still miss him.

  79. Eva McCane #
    June 19, 2011

    dad’s are so wise 🙂

  80. June 19, 2011

    A very nice post, with some very funny quotes.

  81. June 19, 2011

    Very Nice post ! 🙂

  82. June 19, 2011

    Wow,that reminded me of what my father used to say while teaching us how to drive,and all the other stuff he used to say and still uses to this day. Your post is special.

  83. route53 #
    June 20, 2011

    Thanks..aren’t all Fathers the same? Happy Fathers Day

  84. June 20, 2011

    Gee Zuss Christ Jenny!!! Freshly Pressed! Awesome girl!

  85. June 20, 2011

    ur words are true. the quotes inspired me!

  86. June 20, 2011

    Hi passing through saying hi to all of you and wishing all the fathers out there…HAPPY FATHERS DAY!

  87. wapple #
    June 20, 2011

    best wishes for all the fathers

  88. Kay at Blue Speckled Pup #
    June 20, 2011

    “He’s a bum.” What an awesome, multipurpose phrase. Congratulations on Freshly Pressed.
    I wrote about my dad today too, and the big lug cried a bit. How lucky I am to still have my dad around.

  89. June 20, 2011

    I love the one about haircut:)

  90. Márcio Nascimento #
    June 20, 2011

    Parabéns pela atitude, vivo a mesma situação que você….
    perdi meu pai há três anos.
    grande abraço

  91. June 20, 2011

    Hey Jenny,

    I loved your post and the photos too. I felt a twinge of sadness but so much humor and love too!
    I also wrote about my dad.. with an old but oh-so-memorable photo of him with (one of my 2 sisters) and myself. Such memories come flooding back..
    Thanks so much for sharing his quotes too, amazing what sticks with us 🙂


  92. June 20, 2011

    Am sure dad wud be proud of havin a wonderful daughter like u… loved dis post..

  93. June 20, 2011

    This is hilarious! What a beautiful post. Thank you so much for sharing this. My favourite one-liner from my dad was always “It builds character”, which he would quote upon a single complaint. 😛

  94. June 20, 2011

    THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR The words of my Father

  95. June 20, 2011

    Haha! Your dad sure is special!

    Here I wrote about my grandpa:

  96. 'M' #
    June 20, 2011

    I love this…and you.

    From knowing you, I know how great he was.

  97. June 20, 2011

    So funny! I could hear my dad saying some of those very same things to me. It must just be a ‘dad’ thing lol. It is amazing what sticks with us. Here are some of the crazy and wonderful lessons I learned from my dad 🙂

  98. July 15, 2011

    Hahahaha ! Want a punch in the eye ?
    Dad’s can be pretty crazy sometimes but they love you no matter what.
    Btw, I’m new on wordpress, hope you like my poems ! 🙂

  99. October 19, 2011

    Oo. That’s so sweet of you. I miss my dad too. It was great to spend time with him and I used to literally enjoy every one liners of his. I remember most the one that he used to say when he used to get angry on someone behind them: “Son of doggies”. Happy father’s day papa.

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